CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Under a proposal by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, residents would be charged $10 a month for a second weekly pickup. A rubbish truck picked up garbage yesterday on Kahaloa Drive in Manoa. CLICK FOR LARGE
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Some residents like the idea of getting curbside recycling instead of a second regular trash pickup each week -- others do not.
Harvey Nakashima of Manoa would rather stick to the current practice of two pickups a week without charge.
He said Mayor Mufi Hannemann's proposal to charge $10 a month for a second weekly trash pickup is just another way for the city to increase taxes.
"They just want more money, that's all," Nakashima said.
He said he would still need to have his trash picked up twice a week even if he removed the green waste and recyclables.
But his neighbor, who chose to be identified by only her last name, Wakai, said she likes the idea that more trash will get recycled.
"I'm all for it. We're way behind the times," she said.
She said reducing her trash pickup to once a week is fine because much of what people put in their trash should be recycled.
In Palolo, Kai Daliva said the change would have no effect on her family.
"For us, that would work. It wouldn't be too much of an inconvenience," she said.
Daliva said she already puts her trash bin out just once a week and has no need for green-waste pickups.
Patrick Miyamura, who lives on 10th Avenue, also said one trash pickup a week would be fine with him.
"If they're going to pick up the green stuff, no problem. I can live with that," Miyamura said.
But another Palolo resident, who would not give her name, said she will still need her trash picked up twice a week because she already recycles beverage containers and does not produce green waste.
"I guess we're going to have to change the way we organize the trash, if it comes to that, which I think it would be good for the environment."